I was raised to work. It didn’t matter if I was helping my grandfather in a chicken house, picking beans, mowing the yard or doing my homework. I was raised to work. I didn’t always like it, but there were no if’s, and’s or but’s about it. If you saw an adult working you had one option: work. You were to jump in and help no matter what they were doing and if they didn’t want you to help, they’d let you know.
That’s not the case today. I just read this article: 3 Reasons Millennials Are Getting Fired
1. Employers don’t want to be parents.
Growing up, Millennials were coached their entire lives and they unknowingly assume their employer will too. However, the relationship isn’t the same. An employer pays us to do a job. DO YOUR JOB!
2. The anti-work attitude isn’t appreciated (or tolerated).
A great way to look at how some employers feel is the way the dysfunctional phone/cable companies work. It’s annoying when they announce they can come out only on a certain day. They can’t tell you what time, and then they say they’ll call the day of and give you a four-hour window when they’ll arrive. While the phone/cable companies have us trapped, employers don’t feel the same about Millennials. They’ll fire the Millennial worker and find someone who can work when they need them to–and without the attitude.
3. Millennials’ happiness isn’t the employer’s responsibility.
Millennials are pretty vocal about wanting work to be a “fun” place to go. Besides career development, they also desire lots of cool perks and benefits to make their job feel more rewarding. Besides nice work spaces, amenities like gym memberships, healthy meals on-site, in-house parties, etc., are being used in an effort to attract and maintain Millennial workers. Unfortunately, this is backfiring on employers–and that makes them angry. In spite of all the perks to keep them happy, Millennials are getting to these jobs and quickly showing visible signs of disappointment and dissatisfaction within months of joining the company.
I thought this was a great tip in the article: “In the early days and weeks of a new job, Millennials can make up for what they lack in skills by being consistently on time. When an employer sees their commitment to their work, they will earn her trust and respect, resulting in her being comfortable with their taking time off, and even providing them with a more flexible work schedule. When Millennials prove they can deliver on their company’s terms, their company will give them more of what they want.”
Doesn’t that make sense? It does to me. The entire article could be boiled down to two words: WORK HARD. Come on people, how hard is that? Is it wrong to give your best just because it’s the right thing to do? Do you have to incentivize everything just so people will do what they’re getting paid to do?
Why don’t people want to work? Could it be that they’ve not been trained to work as children? Could it be that we do the stuff for them that they could be doing for themselves? I mean, come on folks, your kid knows how to upload a photo to Instagram and you don’t know how to do either one and you mean to tell me they can’t learn how to wash a load of towels or unload the dishwasher? Are you kidding me? They can program your TV to replay a movie you’ve been wanting to see, but they can’t learn to cut up some lettuce tomatoes and carrots and make a salad? Are they incapable of learning how to set the table for a meal? Surely not!
The truth is: We don’t expect them to! Truly, our children will rise to the level of our expectations. Period. End of sentence. Why don’t we expect more? Honestly, we are hurting them in the long run when we do everything for them.
Think of it this way. If your home were a profit center at your place of work, what kind of return on investment (ROI) are you getting from your child? Are they a blessing in your home? Do they see their home as a place to chill or a place to help in the family economy.
Yes, I know I’m accused of talking about the past too much. I know that rings as hollow after a while, but there is something to be said for what our ancestors in this country gave to us. They built their own houses, worked on farms, made their own furniture and clothes, slopped the hogs, milked the cows, plowed the north 40 and the children were expected to be part of that economy.
What is it like in your house? Are you raising a child that can be a productive employee one day? Can they fold clothes? Can they load the dishwasher? Can they take a bath without being bribed? Is an allowance required before they’ll do anything to help you? Do you owe them all the benefits and amenities of your efforts and work and expect nothing in return? If you are, then you are actually preparing your child for failure.
Am I saying to treat your child like a “work-hand” on a ranch? No way! I’m saying, we should have expectations for our children that equate with Christians principles. We should expect them to be helpful, resourceful, respectful and diligent. Read the book of Proverbs and you’ll see what I mean.
Have you see this?
Honestly, if I think about it too long, it just makes me really, really mad. So, I’ll move on!
I’m so thankful to have these two back.
They made it back from a marathon 72 hours of traveling from China. The snow storm really threw the airports for a loop. We’ve got four more ladies trying to get back too. They ended up having to drive from NY back home. Last I heard, they should be home around supper time tonight.
While Pam and Kan were gone, my mom had us up for dinner one night. It’s a treat to see mom and dad with their great-granddaughter.
Isn’t it great when it snows? Thinks slow down and you get to hang out with family! Like playing “Just Dance” on the Wii.
Or, of course, sledding down the hill behind our house.
Check out the ride:
Clara, Andrew and I love walking down to the creek below our house when it snows.
It’s so pretty down there when it snows.
Here’s this week’s Two-Minute Tuesday: “Who Will Evangelicals Vote For In Iowa?”
Oh…in case you are looking at the forecast for the weekend and early next week and think that winter might be over. Wrong! Yes, it’s going to hit 60 degrees by this weekend, but do you remember December? We hit 70 on Christmas day and I told you the pattern would flip. I also told you that weather patterns tend to repeat themselves (particularly in winter). Well, I believe we’ll see another flip in the weather by mid-Feb. So, if you are a snow lover, don’t give up on winter until after the NCAA basketball tournament is in its second weekend (mid-March). 🙂